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Houseparents | A Career Worth Every Minute

Houseparenting: Make a Difference

Milton Hershey School employs over 200 houseparent couples to work together and live with a group of students over several years. A houseparent’s role is to be there as each child grows up and be someone they can trust. They teach skills and values outside of the classroom to help them succeed.

We offer both full-time and part-time employment opportunities. Attend an upcoming webinar or an in-person open house to learn more about the houseparent role and meet with the recruitment team.

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Life-Changing Employment Opportunities

At Milton Hershey School, careers are worth every minute. It is as much a lifestyle as it is a job. Learn more about how you can become part of the MHS family.

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What It Takes

Our goal is to help ensure you have everything you need to have the greatest possible impact. Being a houseparent is a huge responsibility and the requirements of the job are rigorous. But it’s an equally great opportunity to change the lives of young people.

If you are dedicated to impacting children’s lives, we encourage you to explore the houseparenting role. The application process for houseparent positions is lengthy. Over the course of several months, you will have the opportunity to learn about the position and assess if it’s an opportunity that fits you and your spouse.

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Daily Life as Houseparents

The houseparent role gives married couples the opportunity to provide a consistent, family-like structure students can rely on. Daily houseparent responsibilities include transporting students to and from school, ordering groceries and cooking, managing chores, and more.

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Becoming a full-time houseparent means building a life in the welcoming community of Hershey, Pennsylvania. You’ll find lots to discover when you live, work, and play in the town built on chocolate.

Explore a Houseparent Apartment

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Why Become Houseparents?

Houseparents are passionate about the critical role they play in supporting our students. It’s so much more than a job—it’s a purpose.

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Flex Houseparenting: Your First Position

When first hired, couples start out as flex houseparents. You’ll shadow current houseparents to learn more about the role and best practices. Flex couples also stand in when a current couple takes time off. While the flex schedule can be demanding, the insights learned during this time will prove invaluable once you’re assigned to a student home of your own.

You and your spouse aren’t alone—there are over 200 houseparent couples who are working through the same challenges. They form a supportive community that you can lean on, learn from, and spend time with.

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Part-Time Weekend Houseparents

MHS hires relief houseparents who work every other weekend, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday and ending at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. While on duty, relief houseparents have access to all meals and a private apartment attached to the student home for family time.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Milton Hershey School does not discriminate in hiring, promotion or any terms or conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion or religious creed, veteran status, disability or any other status protected under applicable  federal or Pennsylvania law.


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Frequently Asked Questions

We’re sure you want to know even more about houseparenting. Check out answers to some common questions.

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Other Ways to Serve at MHS

Houseparenting isn’t the right fit for everyone. But if you still want to serve our students, check out our other job openings.

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Milton Hershey School does not discriminate in admissions or other programs and services on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, religious creed or disability. Read important MHS policies on equal opportunity and diversity, equal employment opportunity, and more.